planned abandonment…

What are you abandoning in your schedule this week as a new habit for this year to free up timimg_9141.jpge to do what is really important. Planned abandonment is the breakfast of leaders.

Think about these three things as you are planning what to do and not do.

Build on islands of health and strength.  This makes weaknesses irrelevant and prevents strengths from diminishing by focusing on trying to strengthen things you are designed to do well.  The premise here is that of using your best energy, creativity, and time on those things you are good, gifted, and excited about.  To use your best on the weaknesses is to dilute your strength

Only deal with those heading your direction.  There will always be detractors and those that would rather go south than north or take a different route to the same destination.  Let them.  Give them permission in fact. You funnel your best into the highest leverage activities God has placed within the scope of your vision.  Once you enter the role of fielding every “alternative route taker” you will have that as a full time job.  This sort of work is usually diverting, diluting and discouraging to the main directional heading you have in your heart.

Hunt elephants not mice. Most of us spend inordinate amounts of time doing thing that even if we were immensely successful, would be very tiny in their amount of impact. Commit your life to doing those things that if even moderately successful would have great impact, and if immensely successfulwould be revolutionary.

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5 Responses to “planned abandonment…”

  1. Helpful advice! Any good references? I have read this principle in Drucker’s books and in Laurie Beth Jones’ book ‘Jesus Life Coach’. Cutting out the mice hunting is something I definitely want to do more of.

  2. to be honest this all has to do with missional alignment. what are you really focused on and how do you align time, energy, creativity and any other resource to the accomplishing of that mission. Mice are details, mission is elephant.

  3. I love the last line … “Mice are details, mission is elephant.”

  4. Spot on, and well said. We all need to remember to do some “planned abandonment” once in a while.

  5. Ive been working on some articles about personal development at . Let me know what you think. :

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